Adm. John C. Aquilino, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, visited the Republic of Indonesia on an overseas trip Aug. 12, 2022, where he met with senior military leaders and attended exercise Super Garuda Shield 22.
Adm. Aquilino visited exercise Super Garuda Shield with Gen. Andika Perkasa, Commander of Indonesia National Armed Forces, to observe a combined arms live-fire exercise (CALFEX). Super Garuda Shield 22 serves as a powerful demonstration of Indonesia’s growing regional and global leadership and the importance of the Indo-Pacific region. This year’s exercise has expanded from a bilateral event between the Indonesian Army and the U.S. Army into one of the largest joint, multinational exercises in the Indo-Pacific region with 14 nations participating or observing.
The United States and Indonesia share a vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, including a commitment to freedom of navigation and overflight. Indonesia is a leader within ASEAN and an anchor of the rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The United States remains deeply engaged in the Indo-Pacific, alongside a constellation of like-minded Allies and Partners united by mutual security, interests and values.